I was reading a fictional series the other day that dealt with Noah and his life. Something I ran across in the book nearly blew me away! Why hadn’t I read that before? So, I zipped to the Bible and, you know what I found? Exactly what I had completely missed all these years. That got me thinking.
Well, you are probably wondering what I’m talking about, but, let me tell you, this “revelation” came from the Bible and not the book I had been reading. The book merely pointed it out to me.
Here is what I read that day and what got me seriously thinking. God is speaking to Noah, about preparing for the flood, in the verse.
But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
I’ll give you a minute to ponder that verse. What stands out? Keep looking. You find it yet? Let me give you a hint. Read this verse, right before the flood, and connect the dots between the two verses.
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
Most likely, by now, you have figured out what had got me thinking. God said, before the flood was even close, that only Noah, his wife, his sons and his son’s wives would go into the ark. That opened up a bunch of questions.
We often say that Noah preached for others to come on the ark before the flood. We get this image because we think that Noah believed some could have made it on the ark if they repented. However, right from the start, we know Noah knows that nobody except those aforementioned will make it on the ark. This twist gives us four, as far as I can tell, scenarios:
1. God made the circumstances fit the ark. In other words, He made sure nobody was going to be alive that believed in Him when the flood came.
2. God made the ark fit the circumstances. God knew that only Noah and his selected family would be the ones that were going to believe in Him when the flood came, so He made a point of Noah knowing it.
Either way, in these scenarios God knew that Noah and his family would be the only ones boarding the ark. Just one kinda makes God watch who believed in Him and who would get in the ark whereas the other one has God giving another prophecy about the flood itself and how nobody would believe in Him.
The two other scenarios are basically variations of the above ones.
3. Noah still preached about God in hopes of saving someone with the possibility that they would die before the flood. This scenario could even be connected to the above ones since it could fit with any of them. I mean, we don’t know for sure if all humans were against God before the flood.
4. God restricted anyone from outside the people He listed, to enter the ark.
Scenario number 4 doesn’t make any sense with the nature of God. The only time I believe people were rejected from the ark, was when the door was closed.
I believe that second scenario is the one that fits best with God’s nature, and the Bible. With the discovery of this detail we humans have been overlooking for so many years, there might be new sources of debate.
But, this detail begs the question: were their other people who believed in God and died in the flood?
I think not, but, it might open up new discoveries and debates.